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In 2010, the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) formed as a partnership of ranchers, agencies, universities, and nonprofit groups working together with a shared vision of achieving wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching. Thanks in large part to their hard work and commitment to restoration, in 2015 the US Interior Secretary announced the greater sage grouse is not warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act. This marks not only a major success for SGI, but also a turning point in the approach to habitat restoration. A new strategy, known as SGI 2.0, builds on the success of SGI, while expanding its scope to addresses a wide variety of threats to rangeland health.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with willing ranchers to provide technical and financial assistance to implement targeted conservation practices on private lands. SGI conservation practices focus primarily on removing invasive plant species that have become threats to sagebrush ecosystems, such as juniper and annual grasses.

Sage grouse core and low density habitats in Oregon. The Sage Grouse Initiative prioritizes efforts in and around core areas

Sage-grouse core and low density habitats in Oregon. The Sage-Grouse Initiative prioritizes efforts in and around core areas (Click map for larger image.)

SGI covers 11 western states and targets 78 million acres of intact sagebrush harboring the highest number of birds. In Oregon, efforts focus in and around core habitats that support 90 percent of bird populations on 38 percent of the occupied range.

For more information about how NRCS funding can help you implement SGI conservation practices on your rangeland, contact us at (541) 923-4358 ext. 131 or email lars.santana@or.usda.gov.

 

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Lars Santana
Rangeland Management Specialist
Phone: (541) 923-4358 ext. 131
Email: lars.santana@or.usda.gov


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